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Advancing Oral Health Research for a Better Quality of Life



The Organization with One Message:

Advancing Oral Health Research for a Better Quality of Life
The Friends of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (FNIDCR), a non-profit 501 C3 organization, was established in 1998 on the 50th Anniversary of the NIDCR. FNIDCR is a broad-based coalition of individuals, institutions and corporations who understand the critical importance of dental, oral and craniofacial research to the better health and well-being of society.


The Friends of NIDCR generates broad support for a robust, sustained public investment in the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research at the National Institutes of Health by educating stakeholders and policymakers on the value of NIDCR-supported research to improve oral and craniofacial health and overall wellness.

A Coalition of Members

  • Patient Advocate Organizations know that research will improve the treatment and care of individuals with oral health diseases and conditions;
  • Corporations understand the importance of supporting the basic research that the NIDCR conducts, as well as learning more about opportunities for technology transfer;
  • Dental Schools recognize that the NIDCR is the intellectual basis for their professional discipline;
  • Dental Societies appreciate the strength and effectiveness of a group of organizations speaking as one cohesive voice;
  • Individuals, including past Grantees and current & past NIDCR Employees, all want to support and give back to the Institute as a token of their appreciation.

2010-11 activities report

Keeping Washington Committed to Research Funding
The Friends of the NIDCR works to ensure that oral health research is a priority in Washington. Proper federal funding of NIH and the NIDCR will transform the future of medical and dental practice to benefit our fellow citizens and will ease the burden on our nation's healthcare system. After all, translating what we learn in the lab to bring better patient care to the dentist's office ultimately affects health and quality of life for all of us.

We remain vigilant and educate members of Congress, their staff and administration officials about the importance of oral health care and research by:

  • Publishing Legislative Updates
  • Working to grow the Congressional Oral Health Caucus
  • Organizing and participating in an annual "Legislative Conference" in Washington
  • Submitting testimony to Congressional appropriators
  • Maintaining an open line of communication with key champions of oral health issues in Congress

Cultivating a Voice on Capitol Hill: The Congressional Oral Health Caucus
In 2002, FNIDCR worked closely with U.S. Reps. Mike Simpson, DDS; John Linder, DDS; and the late Charles Norwood, DDS; to form the Congressional Oral Health Caucus. The Caucus is a bipartisan body of legislators dedicated to providing a forum for discussion and the exchange of ideas on oral health care and research.  It sponsors briefings, legislative seminars, and similar educational programs to help educate their legislative colleagues. Also, Caucus members are strong supporters of funding for dental and craniofacial research.

Our effort to grow the Oral Health Caucus is ongoing because we understand the importance of maintaining a consistent presence and voice for oral health issues on Capitol Hill.

A Strong Patient Advocacy Agenda
FNIDCR is actively involved in patient advocacy efforts associated with the importance of dental, oral and craniofacial health to society.  We blend leaders from the scientific and professional communities with oral health patient advocacy groups to provide a common voice for our patient advocacy agenda. We coordinate an annual series of events in Washington DC to educate our advocates on legislative trends, to disseminate an effective, uniformed message and to meet with decision-makers on Capitol Hill.

An Emphasis on Oral Research Updates
The knowledge and treatments we take for granted today are only possible because of investigators who devoted a lifetime in search of better answers. We are living in a time in which major breakthroughs in areas ranging from immunology to cell biology and drug development to genetic engineering will continue to bring about changes in our oral, and subsequently systemic, health. For we are aware, more than ever before, that oral health is critical to our health as a whole and also a reflection upon it, because through the mouth we have a window through which we can identify systemic disease.

FNIDCR provides research articles on recent key discoveries and brings you up-to-date on research news of the present that will have an impact on dental practice.

Communication with Our Members
We provide our members with timely communication updates via our monthly E-Newsletter including:

- Federal Legislation
- Patient Advocacy Organizations Spotlight
- NIDCR Research
- FNIDCR Activities
…and much more!

Honoring Excellence at Our Annual Conference & Awards
The Friends of the NIDCR hosts an Annual Conference & Awards in Washington, DC for its members and friends – distinguished leaders from across the US, Canada and abroad. Awards are presented to honor significant accomplishments in oral health, including education, media, advocacy, lifetime achievement and public service. Past awardees include C. Everett Koop, Joe Garagiola, Scientific American, the Washington Post and many more – always a night to remember!

Education through our Global Health Lecture Series
The David E. Barmes Global Health Lecture Series honors the late David Edward Barmes, special expert for international health. Co-sponsored with the NIDCR and the Fogarty International Center, unique speakers from around the world honor Barmes' lifelong dedication to research aimed at improving health for those in low-income countries. 

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